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A system and method for concealed connection

[Category : - Telecommunications]
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Technical summary:
The invention is a system and method for demand-driven, flexible-topology and intelligently-enabled communication between conventional network-enabled client devices and conventional network-enabled application servers over multiple conventional segments of the Internet concurrently; comprising:
- one or more Internet gateway apparatuses, each of which provides Internet access to one or more of the conventional network-enabled client devices through multiple Internet connections simultaneously by means of multiple Internet access devices and of a “connection-merging protocol”;
- one or more virtual relay servers, each of which also implements the connection-merging protocol, and acts as a proxy between one or more of the gateway apparatuses and one or more of the conventional network-enabled application servers the client devices connected to said gateway apparatuses wish to communicate with; and
- a virtual resource allocation and information server that aggregates status and routing information relevant to the gateway apparatuses, and that dynamically adjusts the number, location and/or performance specifications of the virtual relay servers.rnrnThe key features of the invention are:
- that the relay servers, each of which effectively enables one or more of the gateway apparatuses to each simultaneously utilize multiple Internet connections through the shared communication-merging protocol, are virtual and geographically scattered, and that they are dynamically launched, configured and terminated according to usage and performance metrics as well as the locations of said gateway apparatuses, thereby forming a dynamically adjusted network topology;
- that the multiple Internet access devices of each of the gateway apparatuses are explicitly configured and programmed to select maximally disjoint segments of the Internet to exchange network data with the relay servers, such as to minimize competition for network resources;
- that neither the client devices, the application servers, nor the Internet infrastructure that connects them need to be modified or configured in any way for said clients and servers to benefit from the added reliability and bandwidth yielded by the concurrent utilization of multiple, possibly partially or entirely disjoint, segments of the Internet; and
- that the gateway apparatuses and virtual relay servers can each transport network data of any network protocol (e.g., TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc.) over multiple Internet connections simultaneously by wrapping said data within the shared connection-merging protocol.

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Business potential:
Merging the bandwidths of multiple network connections has been a topic of academic and commercial research for decades. Merged network connections can offer higher-bandwidth and increased robustness to individual connection failures. Numerous software and hardware, academic and commercial “connection-merging solutions” have been invented which offer varying levels of improved bandwidth and/or reliability, and varying levels of support for transporting existing network protocols (e.g., TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc.). However, a common and seemingly unavoidable limitation across all solutions is that end-points (e.g., communicating client devices and application servers) must undergo software and/or hardware upgrades to support the connection-merging solutions. Some efforts have proposed solutions where portions of the network infrastructure between end-points undergo software and/or hardware upgrades to enable the end-points to benefit from merged network connections without being altered themselves. These solutions are conventionally not portable, are limited in scope and flexibility, and do not scale to real world scenarios where client devices and application servers may be geographically scattered and exist in arbitrarily high numbers.

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